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Doing the Most Good

To preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

Our Motivation

At its heart, The Salvation Army is a church. This foundation is what motivates us to do the work that we do. We love God and serve others because of His love for all. That’s where our mission comes from – to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet needs in His name without discrimination. Because, we want others to come to know God’s love too. These are our marching orders.


Why an Army?

We’ve been around since 1865, originally called the East London Christian Mission. An itinerate pastor named William Booth started the organization as a grassroots effort with boots on the ground in London. He didn’t have buildings, but he did have a dedicated following who saw desperate need among the poorest of people and took to the streets to offer help. Booth referred to the organization as a volunteer army, because of the way they operated and served. As the organization grew, he used military-style rankings to describe the hierarchy of leadership. Leaders adopted a uniform apparel that mirrored military styles. Their mission was to serve others in Jesus’ name, meeting not only their physical needs, but also their spiritual needs. Booth described their work as providing “soup, soap and salvation,” eventually changing their name to The Salvation Army.

Today, the mission is the same and we’ve kept the Army structure. Our officers, or leaders, are ordained pastors.

What We Do


We exist for one reason: to meet human need in Jesus’ name without discrimination


The Salvation Army of Northeast Ohio Service Extension department oversees 71 active units


We assist approximately 30 million Americans in the U.S. annually


Serving Northeast Ohio since 1879


Globally, we serve the hurting in 131 countries around the world

Where We Serve

The Salvation Army of Greater Cleveland is comprised of five Corps Community Centers located in some of the most distressed neighborhoods in Cleveland and East Cleveland. In addition, The Salvation Army’s Harbor Light Complex and Adult Rehabilitation Center are both located in downtown Cleveland. Every year, more than 100,000 people turn to us for support. When they do, we extend our love and encouragement as we provide food, shelter and critical social services. Our programs and services provide hope to those in despair and transform lives.

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